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SETAC Journals Best Student Paper
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Download the SOP for the Best Student Paper Award

In late 2015, the ET&C Best Student Paper Award was expanded to include IEAM and changed to the “SETAC Journals Best Student Paper Award” and introduced a generous cash award from its sponsor, Colgate-Palmolive.

Each year, the SETAC journals will offer an award for the best student paper published in the previous volume. The award will be given when a paper is decided as representative of the best research published in the SETAC journals and is not mandatory. The first author on the paper must be or have been a student from which the published work was based on to be considered for the award.

Articles will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The paper is creative or innovative. This can be in terms of methods, organization, generation of knowledge, or in translation between science and applications.
  • The paper is comprehensive and integrative. This refers to synthesis of knowledge across disciplines, geographic boundaries, cultures, or organizations.

And will consider the following factors:

  • The paper has a high scientific impact. There is evidence that the paper has been recognized by readers and reviewers as worthy of attention.
  • The paper is of public and professional interest.
  • The quality of the science is high. Measurements and methods should be transparent, verifiable, reproducible, rigorous, reliable, and relevant.
  • The presentation of the science is of high quality.
  • Findings are provided in context with other work (corroborative, weight of evidence). Results are presented in a clear and unbiased manner (e.g. negative as well as positive results are discussed, not over-extrapolated).
  • The paper is visually attractive, economical in use of words and tables and figures and space, well organized, clear, and easy to read.

Past Winners (of the SETAC Journals Best Student Paper Award)

Erin Maloney, University of Saskatchewan, 2018
Cumulative toxicity of neonic- otinoid insecticide mixtures to Chironomus dilutus under acute exposure scenarios

Bryanna K. Eisner, University of Saskatchewan, 2017
Cross-species comparison of relative potencies and relative sensitivities of fishes to dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans, and polychlorinated biphenyls in vitro

Rebecca S. Lazarus, University of Maryland; US Geological Survey, 2016
Exposure and food web transfer of pharmaceuticals in ospreys (Pandion haliaetus): Predictive model and empirical data

Past Winners (of the ET&C Best Student Paper Award)

Francesca Gissi, University of Wollongong, 2015
A robust bioassay to assess the toxicity of metals to the Antarctic marine microalga Phaeocyctis antarctica

Ryan Prosser, University of Guelph, 2014
Toxicity of biosolids-derived triclosan and triclocarban to six crop species

Yamini Gopalapillai, University of Guelph, 2013
Effect of major cations (Ca2+, Mg2+, NA+, K+) and anions (SO2-4, CI-, NO-3) on Ni accumulation and toxicity in aquatic plan (Lemma minor L.): Implications for Ni risk assessment

Michel Lavoie, INRS-ETE, 2012
Influence of essential elements on cadmium uptake and toxicity in a unicellular green alga: The protective effect of trace zinc and cobalt concentrations